Skittle fan Eileen celebrates 105th birthday with Angela Rippon

Eileen Smith celebrates her 105th birthday at Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury - pictured receiving flowers from Angela Rippon
Eileen Smith celebrates her 105th birthday at Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury - pictured receiving flowers from Angela Rippon

A resident at an Aylesbury care home celebrated her 105th birthday by receiving a visit from TV presenter Angela Rippon.

Eileen Smith, the oldest ever person to stay at Avondale Care Home in Gatehouse Road celebrated the milestone surrounded by family and friends.

Eileen Smith celebrates her 105th birthday at Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury

Eileen Smith celebrates her 105th birthday at Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury

Asked the secret to living so long, she said: “I eat well, I’ve always had money and I’ve been very lucky.”

Mrs Smith, who has been at the home two years said: “I like it here and one of my favourite things to do is play skittles.”

Born in Middlesex, she moved to Bedgrove in the 1960s and later worked at Molins and Ortho Pharmaceuticals.

She was later a member of Bedgrove Church Club and enjoyed quizzes and dances.

Mrs Smith was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Miss Rippon, which she said were ‘beautiful.’

She then spent a few minutes talking to the TV star and told her: “I don’t feel old at all.”

Miss Rippon then responded: “I’ll come back and see you next year then!”

The former newsreader was visiting the home in her role as an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society.

She said: “Eileen is a very inspirational person.

“If I can be like her at the age of 85, never mind 105, I’ll be very happy!”

Shaun Canavan, manager of the Avondale Care Home presented Mrs Smith with a bottle of champagne as part of the celebrations.

He said: “It is a real privilege to look after Eileen, who has lived through two world wars.

“She really is a delight to look after.”